Spooky Bill: Recommendations to punish 300 people
Published: 07:02 PM, 4 July 2020
The task force formed by the Power Department has recommended taking action against about 300 officials and employees of four power distribution companies of the country for failing to adjust the spooky electricity bills within the stipulated 7 days.
The Power Department formed a task force headed by an additional secretary on June 25. The task force said that if the spooky bills are not resolved within seven days, the officials and employees of the power distribution company will be punished for it.
The task force has recommended the temporary dismissal of four engineers of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), a power distribution company in Dhaka South (DSCC). Besides, 36 engineers have been given show cause notices and another 13 meter-reader supervisors have been recommended for dismissal.
Two meter-readers of Dhaka North’s (DNCC) power distribution company Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (DESCO), two meter-readers of Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO), a power distribution company in 16 districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur, have also been recommended for dismissal.
230 officers and employees of West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited, a distribution company in 21 districts of the southwest, have been recommended to take various disciplinary measures including show cause and dismissal.
The Rural Electrification Board (REB), the country’s largest power distribution body, has not yet provided any information on who is responsible for the spooky bill in the 80 associations. The Power Development Board (PDB) has also not given any information yet.
The DPDC has taken a quick decision as per the recommendation of the task force committee. According to the recommendation, the four officers have been suspended, including the engineer of the Adabar Regional Office Md. Helal Uddin, a sub-divisional engineer in charge of the same area Md. Raihanul Alam, assistant engineer Md. Mojibul Rahman Bhuiyan and computer data entry coordinator Jasmine Ahmed. Those who are suspended will be permanently dismissed if found guilty after further investigation. Besides, 36 regional executive engineers have also been given show-cause notices.
About this, DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan Chakma told the media that a committee was formed from the ministry and the time limit was fixed at seven days. As per the recommendations of the committee, some persons have been suspended, 36 have been given show-cause notices. Some field workers have been recommended for dismissal. “We have started taking action as per the recommendation of the committee,” he added.
There are six distribution companies in the country. Each of them has been accused of billing three to 10 times more than the actual bill.